Will Potter: The secret US prisons you've never heard of before. Father Daniel Berrigan once said that "writing about prisonersis a little like writing about the dead.
"I think what he meant is that we treat prisoners as ghosts.They're unseen and unheard.It's easy to simply ignore themand it's even easier when the government goes to great lengths to keep them hidden. As a journalist, I think these storiesof what people in power do when no one is watching,are precisely the stories that we need to tell.That's why I began investigatingthe most secretive and experimental prison units in the United States,for so-called "second-tier" terrorists.The government calls these units Communications Management Units or CMUs.Prisoners and guards call them "Little Guantanamo.
"They are islands unto themselves.But unlike Gitmo they exist right here, at home,floating within larger federal prisons. There's an estimated 60 to 70 prisoners here,and they're overwhelmingly Muslim.They include people like Dr. So, why was he moved? (Laughter) For the record, I'm not. Thank you. Tan Le: My immigration story. Joe Sabia: The technology of storytelling. Nate Garvis: Change our culture, change our world. Isabel Allende tells tales of passion. Sirena Huang dazzles on violin. Jennifer Lin improvs piano magic. Evelyn Glennie shows how to listen. Pilobolus perform "Symbiosis".
Rives on 4 a.m. Rives remixes TED2006. Publisher Felix Dennis' odes to vice and consequences. Natasha Tsakos' multimedia theatrical adventure. Miwa Matreyek's glorious visions. Adam Sadowsky engineers a viral music video.
Evan Grant: Making sound visible through cymatics. John Walker re-creates great performances. Marco Tempest: The augmented reality of techno-magic. Kaki King rocks out to "Pink Noise" Herbie Hancock's all-star set. Qi Zhang's electrifying organ performance.
Natalie Merchant sings old poems to life. Sophie Hunger plays songs of secrets, city lights. Nellie McKay sings "The Dog Song" Eric Lewis rocks the jazz world. Eric Lewis plays chaos and harmony. Andrew Bird's one-man orchestra of the imagination. David Holt plays mountain music. Jake Shimabukuro plays "Bohemian Rhapsody". Benjamin Zander on music and passion. Jose Abreu on kids transformed by music. Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors. Eric Whitacre: A choir as big as the Internet. Bobby McFerrin hacks your brain with music. Charles Limb: Your brain on improv.
Robert Gupta: Music is medicine, music is sanity. Pamelia Kurstin plays the theremin. Raul Midon plays "Peace on Earth" Raul Midon plays "Tembererana" Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders. Liza Donnelly: Drawing upon humor for change. Shekhar Kapur: We are the stories we tell ourselves. Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation.
Ethan Zuckerman: Listening to global voices. John Hodgman: Aliens, love. Carmen Agra Deedy spins stories. Naif Al-Mutawa: Superheroes inspired by Islam. Elif Shafak: The politics of fiction. Ben Dunlap talks about a passionate life. John Francis walks the Earth. Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks. Taryn Simon photographs secret sites. William Kamkwamba on building a windmill.
Chris Abani on the stories of Africa. William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind. Chris Abani muses on humanity. Majora Carter's tale of urban renewal. Seth Godin on the tribes we lead. Martin Luther King Jr.: I have a dream. Kevin Bales: How to combat modern slavery. Vusi Mahlasela sings "Thula Mama" Vusi Mahlasela's encore, "Woza" Joseph Lekuton tells a parable for Kenya. John Kasaona: How poachers became caretakers. Rokia Traore sings "M'Bifo" Let's talk parenting taboos: Rufus Griscom + Alisa Volkman. Karen Armstrong makes her TED Prize wish: the Charter for Compas. Bob Thurman says we can be Buddhas. Robert Thurman: Expanding your circle of compassion.
Rabbi Jackie Tabick: The balancing act of compassion. Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf: Lose your ego, find your compassion. Swami Dayananda Saraswati: The profound journey of compassion. Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion. Karen Armstrong: Let's revive the Golden Rule. Thomas Barnett draws a new map for peace. Malcolm Gladwell: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight.
Shashi Tharoor: Why nations should pursue "soft" power. Peter van Uhm: Why I chose a gun. Hans Rosling on global population growth. Hans Rosling: Asia's rise. Daniel Goleman on compassion. Jessica Jackley: Poverty, money. Matthieu Ricard on the habits of happiness. Laura Trice suggests we all say thank you. Rev. James Forbes: Compassion at the dinner table. William Ury: The walk from "no" to "yes".